Travellers must leave

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A TRAVELLER family have a year to move their mobile homes off a greenfield site near Alderbury after a planning inspector dismissed their appeal.

David Cooper and his family had a planning application to turn land at Hillbilly Acre on Southampton Road into a four-pitch Gypsy site refused by Wiltshire Council and a planning inspector backed the council’s ruling in July 2012.

The council then issued the family with an enforcement notice to vacate the land but the Cooper family appealed the enforcement notice and another inquiry was held.

Now another planning inspector has upheld the council’s enforcement notices about the unauthorised residential occupation of two plots on the site.

Douglas Morden said the harm to the setting of the adjacent listed building, as well as the adverse impact on the character and appearance of the area and highway safety issues outweighed the need for Gypsy and traveller sites and the family’s personal circumstances.

Residents in Alderbury and Clarendon have been fighting the plans since April 2011 and will be hoping this will finally put an end to the issue.

They were concerned about the harm the site, which was agricultural land, would cause to the setting of St Marie's Grange, a Grade I listed building which was the first house to be built by Victorian architect AWN Pugin, and Grade II listed Belmont House. Residents also raised concerns about the safety of vehicles moving into and off the site onto the busy Southampton Road as visibility was seriously restricted.

The Cooper family now has up to a year to find alternative accommodation, remove the mobile homes and restore the site to its former condition.

Buildings erected on one of the plots without planning permission had to be removed within three months.

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8:21pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Fighting for gpseys says...

My owns this land it wrong .we ain't aking for no handouts she just wHants to make a home life on her land for to girls and grand kids .as sonn as they here word gpsey they all. Against us .but what stupid is we had land fifty years and never cause no trouble since mum been there.it killing them to see all that blood where she cut her hands building all that sweat and tears.she never claim Benefits or hi useing benfit .bye makeing them home less the council wiill have to find a few property .all she whanted was a better life for us .all that monny a waist .you lot are eveil pepole who just jeouls .my grandfather wish were do my mum to have home over they but he pass away.thats like us comeing to you house tell u to knock it down how would you all feel
My owns this land it wrong .we ain't aking for no handouts she just wHants to make a home life on her land for to girls and grand kids .as sonn as they here word gpsey they all. Against us .but what stupid is we had land fifty years and never cause no trouble since mum been there.it killing them to see all that blood where she cut her hands building all that sweat and tears.she never claim Benefits or hi useing benfit .bye makeing them home less the council wiill have to find a few property .all she whanted was a better life for us .all that monny a waist .you lot are eveil pepole who just jeouls .my grandfather wish were do my mum to have home over they but he pass away.thats like us comeing to you house tell u to knock it down how would you all feel Fighting for gpseys
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12:36pm Thu 20 Feb 14

k1984mkk says...

It's not ok for this yet a massive sainsburys on a flood plan right opposite 2 major super markets is acceptable ! This is just the ridiculous for all those in the local area I would be more concerned with this as it's your homes that are gonna be flooded and your homes that will stick of sewage when Wessex waters gets backed up. Quite frankly I can't wait and as for thoe listed buildingsboth of which I might add have had extension of some sort added you worry about them when they have been there longer than you. The higher class of society soon to be bathing in their own sewage when sainsburys is placed there maybe that's what you deserve for being so small minded and more concerned with your own personal vendetta than what's a Hunan right !
It's not ok for this yet a massive sainsburys on a flood plan right opposite 2 major super markets is acceptable ! This is just the ridiculous for all those in the local area I would be more concerned with this as it's your homes that are gonna be flooded and your homes that will stick of sewage when Wessex waters gets backed up. Quite frankly I can't wait and as for thoe listed buildingsboth of which I might add have had extension of some sort added you worry about them when they have been there longer than you. The higher class of society soon to be bathing in their own sewage when sainsburys is placed there maybe that's what you deserve for being so small minded and more concerned with your own personal vendetta than what's a Hunan right ! k1984mkk
  • Score: -10

12:51pm Thu 20 Feb 14

k1984mkk says...

And further more if you have such great concerns why not help those who have lost their homes recently due to the freak weather why not fight the council on why a new housing estate such as archers gate is flooding why notsask them why are roads are in such bad condition why not fight them ion things we all pay for in our council tax . I'm sure someone who has list everything recently is reading this with a lump in their throat . Fight against what actually matters and leave what is nothing but a vendetta against a family alone . Why would anyone want to live in a house that has been either built by Salisbury council or has had regulations passed by Salisbury council to end up alone and homeless after a flood has destroyed your home. If they have done so much damage why have the floods not effected them why is it that they havnt had any damage to their land maybe because they look after it and cherish the earth they were given . They appreciate the trees and the nature more than anyone else would ever understand why also have no real pictures been printed of this site could that be because actually we would all want to live on it if we had a chance to see the truth behind the lies !
And further more if you have such great concerns why not help those who have lost their homes recently due to the freak weather why not fight the council on why a new housing estate such as archers gate is flooding why notsask them why are roads are in such bad condition why not fight them ion things we all pay for in our council tax . I'm sure someone who has list everything recently is reading this with a lump in their throat . Fight against what actually matters and leave what is nothing but a vendetta against a family alone . Why would anyone want to live in a house that has been either built by Salisbury council or has had regulations passed by Salisbury council to end up alone and homeless after a flood has destroyed your home. If they have done so much damage why have the floods not effected them why is it that they havnt had any damage to their land maybe because they look after it and cherish the earth they were given . They appreciate the trees and the nature more than anyone else would ever understand why also have no real pictures been printed of this site could that be because actually we would all want to live on it if we had a chance to see the truth behind the lies ! k1984mkk
  • Score: -12

12:41am Fri 21 Feb 14

J1985M says...

I think its disgusting that families are being evicted from their homes and land for the sake off a few people who have nothing better to do with their lives than aggravate and terrorise these people who only want to live a peaceful life on their ground. Why tarnish them with the same brush because of who they are, they haven't caused damage or upset to the neighbours but yet they still cause grief to the poor families and I think the council and local residents are making excuses to rid of them. I quote from this article 'residents are concerned about the safety of entering and exiting the site'. 1 it's not a site it's private land a site is funded by the local council to aid travellers a safe place to rest, this is personal ground and for the small family only, and 2 the enterance and exit are fairly safe as no accidents have occurred there and other residents along the road have a more restricted vision of the road than the ground in question, if the family have lived here for this long and caused no harm whats the problem, people objecting you are only causing grief and going to be taking unnessisary homes that could go to a needing young family, is it much to ask to have a home on your ground? Not really just people who like to stick their nose in other peoples business and racially aggravate
I think its disgusting that families are being evicted from their homes and land for the sake off a few people who have nothing better to do with their lives than aggravate and terrorise these people who only want to live a peaceful life on their ground. Why tarnish them with the same brush because of who they are, they haven't caused damage or upset to the neighbours but yet they still cause grief to the poor families and I think the council and local residents are making excuses to rid of them. I quote from this article 'residents are concerned about the safety of entering and exiting the site'. 1 it's not a site it's private land a site is funded by the local council to aid travellers a safe place to rest, this is personal ground and for the small family only, and 2 the enterance and exit are fairly safe as no accidents have occurred there and other residents along the road have a more restricted vision of the road than the ground in question, if the family have lived here for this long and caused no harm whats the problem, people objecting you are only causing grief and going to be taking unnessisary homes that could go to a needing young family, is it much to ask to have a home on your ground? Not really just people who like to stick their nose in other peoples business and racially aggravate J1985M
  • Score: -4

12:23pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Fight for gipsy says...

You racist people have just taken away the homes of people you know nothing about how would you like to get up one morning and tell your children you can't live in your home any more because the communitie where you live don't want you there because you are a gipsy , did you ever stop and think how that effects a person and there quality of life No you didn't not for a second if you did you would understand that they are no different from anyone else a normal family hard working people made of the same heart as you or anyone else ,would you like it if we came and took your homes away from your family's no you wouldn't so what do you think gives you the right to take theirs , they haven't brought any harm to the people or the 2
listed buildings so why couldn't you the communities of sailsbury leave them in peace to live their lives the same as you do at the end of the day it just proves the gipsy are better people than you their not racists and they can hold their heads up high that's what makes us proud to tell our children and grandchildren what have you all got to tell yours YOU ARE ALL RACIST AT NORMAL PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY ARE GIPSY
You racist people have just taken away the homes of people you know nothing about how would you like to get up one morning and tell your children you can't live in your home any more because the communitie where you live don't want you there because you are a gipsy , did you ever stop and think how that effects a person and there quality of life No you didn't not for a second if you did you would understand that they are no different from anyone else a normal family hard working people made of the same heart as you or anyone else ,would you like it if we came and took your homes away from your family's no you wouldn't so what do you think gives you the right to take theirs , they haven't brought any harm to the people or the 2 listed buildings so why couldn't you the communities of sailsbury leave them in peace to live their lives the same as you do at the end of the day it just proves the gipsy are better people than you their not racists and they can hold their heads up high that's what makes us proud to tell our children and grandchildren what have you all got to tell yours YOU ARE ALL RACIST AT NORMAL PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY ARE GIPSY Fight for gipsy
  • Score: -14

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